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Report on Media Regulation in the Mekong region just released

UNESCO/Bangkok has just released a report on media regulation in the Mekong region, which analyses current legislation in Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam and examines the opportunities for the development of public service and community broadcasting. The paper also includes useful references to Singapore.

The report was prepared by Dr. Murray Green, a media development and legal policy adviser and Research Associate at the Communications Law Centre at the University of Technology in Sydney (Australia) and Honorary Professor in Public Diplomacy at the Soft Power Advocacy and Research Centre at Macquarie University in Sydney, at the request of UNESCO/Bangkok. It aims at providing an updated reference for current initiatives in different media-related fields, as it maps current media legislation and regulation in the region and identifies the place of public service broadcasting and community media in each national media landscape. It also formulates the key challenges in this field and addresses a set of general recommendations to international and regional organizations, donors, governments, advocacy groups, NGOs, training institutions and the broadcast industry in general.

The paper will be a useful tool for the implementation of UNESCO’s Communication and Information Programme in the region in 2014-2017, and will be widely disseminated to media development stakeholders in the region.


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Media Regulation in the Mekong and Opportunities for the Development of Public Service and Community Broadcasting
by Murray Green
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2013, 38 p.